UAE to host GCC summit in 2019

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, represented the Emirates in the summit. (File/AFP)
Updated 10 December 2018
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UAE to host GCC summit in 2019

  • The announcement was made in Riyadh, where the 39th GCC summit was hosted on Sunday
  • King Salman welcomed leaders and heads of delegations from the six GCC countries, including the UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar

DUBAI: The 40th session of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit will be held in the UAE, state-run WAM reported.

The announcement was made in Riyadh, where the 39th GCC summit was hosted on Sunday.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, represented the UAE in the summit, which was chaired by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia.

King Salman welcomed leaders and heads of delegations from the six GCC countries, including the UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar.

In the summit, the GCC leaders discussed several regional developments including efforts to strengthen strategic, economic, cultural, political and security cooperation between the GCC member states and the international community.


Syrian Kurds accuse Assad of policy of ‘oppression and violence’

Syrian Defense Minister Ali Ayoub, above, said the government is determined to return the Kurdish-led areas. (AFP)
Updated 19 March 2019
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Syrian Kurds accuse Assad of policy of ‘oppression and violence’

  • Syrian defence minister made the remarks during a press conference on Monday

BEIRUT: The Syrian government’s threat to recover the Kurdish-led region of northern Syria through force unless it submits to state rule shows Damascus is determined to pursue a policy of “oppression and violence,” the Kurdish-led administration said.
The threat was made by Syria’s defence minister at a news conference on Monday alongside his Iranian and Iraqi counterparts. The US-allied Kurdish-led administration said the statements showed Damascus wanted to “avoid peaceful, democratic solutions” to the Syrian conflict.